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Star Tribune MS TRAM Bike Tour kicks off today
Cyclists to raise more than $1 million

July 23, 2007

Contact: Emily Wilson
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612-578-4874 (cell)

MINNEAPOLIS— The 18th annual Star Tribune MS TRAM Bike Tour kicked off today, July 23, in Walker, Minn. The five-day, 300-mile bike tour will take approximately 1,200 cyclists through Minnesota’s northern lake country. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter expects cyclists to raise more than $1 million to help fund programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and research for a cure.

Cyclists arrived in Walker, Minn., Sunday, July 22, and started cycling today, July 23, along the Heartland Trail. Participants will complete the first leg of the journey in Park Rapids, Minn. Day two features a loop through Itasca State Park, past the headwaters of the Mississippi River and back to Park Rapids for a second night. Wednesday, July 25, cyclists travel to Wadena, Minn. Thursday participants ride around Otter Tail Lake and into Fergus Falls, Minn. The last leg of the tour takes participants down the Central Lakes Trail as the tour culminates at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, Minn.

In all the Star Tribune MS TRAM has raised more than $10 million to help support people living with MS and fund research for a cure. This year, riders have come from 31 different U.S. states and one Canadian province. For more information, visit http://www.mstram.com/ or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.


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